Thursday Apr 18 2019
Ruled by the Mughals in the 13th century, India was renowned for its unique Indo-Islamic architecture, majestic monuments and immense wealth.
The splendour of India’s Mughal period is clearly evident in the court. The central dome bears influences of the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort and the Wind Palace. However, the centrepiece of the court is the Elephant Clock. A marvel of medieval technology created by an inventor Al Jazari.
Every hour, wooden carved figures, dragons and phoenixes of the Elephant Clock come alive and move together as it tells you the time.Take in the richness of Indian culture with your shopping.read more
Storms, sunken ships, pirates. Ibn Battuta’s journey to China was an eventful one. However, the art and inventiveness he saw in China made up for his troubles. The court captures the majesty and vibrancy of Imperial China.
Spacious colonnaded halls decked with giant dragon medallions, white marble columns reminiscent of the gates of historic Chinese cities, a coffered ceiling with royal motifs symbolizing happiness and prosperity.
At the centre of it all is one of the most seaworthy vessels of its time – a Chinese Junk. It’s our homage to the great traveller and his remarkable adventure.read more
Persia was one of the greatest centres of learning and culture in the 14th century
The artistry of Persia can be seen in the arabesque design of the court’s enormous dome. It’s arched passages, blue and turquoise mosaic walkway and magnificent brass chandelier immediately transports you to the vaulted streets of Baghdad.
Shop amidst the grandeur of Persian heritage.read more
Egypt Court brings to life the wonder of its ancient history pharaohs, pyramids, hieroglyphics and temples.
Sandstone walls with carved hieroglyphics, papyrus columns, pointed arches of the central arcade, and majestic lanterns lend the feel of an authentic Egyptian bazaar
Get a feel of vibrant Egypt while you shop.read more
Tunisia was Ibn Battutas first port of call. A hub of art and learning, it was dotted with splendid mosques and palaces, public gardens and colleges.
The court is modelled on the coastal towns of Tunisia and Carthage.White washed stucco facades, blue doors, wrought iron work and stained glass windows recreate the charm of centuries old African souks. Whilethe mosaic tiles speak of the influences of Moroccan royalty.
Add a touch of Tunisian charm to your shopping.read more
The last chapter in Ibn Batuttas odyssey, Andalusia was a land of art, poetry, architecture, science and learning. Influences of that great time and civilization shine through in every corner of the court. The star-shaped ceiling and Fountain of Lions are inspired by the Alhambra Palace. The lofty halls and accentuated arches, take you back to Grand Mosque of Cordoba. The red stone walls and terracotta tiles add to the distinct Andalusian flavour. Take a walk through Andalusian history while you shop.read more